Now that Halloween is a wrap, we're taking a final look at the best candids from celebrities that were in the spirit. Lots of stars stepped out for festive parties in elaborate costumes: Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady went with The Wizard of Oz getups, Lea Michele sported matching costumes with a friend, and Naya Rivera dressed as an iconic '90s character. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton gave a nod to Miley Cyrus while Miley Cyrus paid homage to Lil' Kim, Nicole Richie and a pal dressed as Twins, and Beyoncé slipped into a sexy angel costume (we can see her halo!). Take a look at the stars' best Halloween social snaps!
Halloween parties always bring out the best celebrities, not to mention the best celebrity costumes. Just in time for the holiday, we're serving up some inspiration with 79 of our favorite star costumes over the years. From the guests at Kate Hudson and Heidi Klum's Halloween bashes, celebrity attendees got busy dressing the part — from the good, like Miranda Kerr's sexy circus ringleader look, to the downright scary, like Heidi and her cadaver suit — and all style rules went out the window. Instead, we're looking to the wacky, zany, and all-out creative for high-impact Halloween looks. Click through for the best celebrity costumes over the years, then be sure to share your favorite in comments.
Sick of asking friends what you should be for Halloween or spending way too much time Googling DIY costume ideas? Well you're in luck. We spent hours scrolling through every corner of the internet to dig up the most amazing and creative Halloween costumes so you don't have to.
Click on for 101 DIY costume ideas — they range from outfits you can put together in minutes to the projects that only advanced Halloween costumers will be brave enough to tackle.
You probably have an awesome Halloween costume hiding in your closet and don't even know it. Instead of going out and dropping bank on a costume, use your workout gear as inspiration. Check out these suggestions for fun, easy, and cheap fitness-inspired costumes to wear this Halloween. Best of all, almost all of these costumes have elements to them that any fitness fanatic already owns.
— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb
We get it — not everyone's into cutesy and sweet costumes. And we're willing to bet that you'll have more than a few puppy dogs and Disney princesses ringing your bell come trick-or-treat time. But when you're attempting to transform your kids into something original, there's a fine line between what's clever and what's tasteless. Click through and see some of the most offensive costumes for kids we've come across.
Which do you think is the worst?
You know the drill: you and your girlfriends spend weeks talking about your group costume only for Halloween to creep up on you without actually planning anything. The
best holiday ever is tomorrow, so now's the time to whip up something. To help, we're rounding up some cute and creative group costumes to inspire you now. Whether you're planning a "ghouls" night out for Oct. 31 or just need some ideas for you and your female co-workers, take your pick from these 40+ getups. What are you waiting for?
— Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia
Halloween is only days away, and if you're still on the hunt — and will be partying or going out on the town with your girlfriends — we've rounded up some easy costumes to throw together based on real famous female friends (and a couple of enemies). Whether you're looking for group costume ideas or a duo to dress as with your best friend, none of these looks will require much more than you already have at home. Click through to see them all now, just in time for Halloween!
—Additional reporting by Tara Block
Now that the pressure is on to find a Halloween costume, you're telling us you don't want to dress like a sexy corn husk or throw on a Scream mask? Shocker! Luckily, your local thrift store has the perfect solution. We don't know about you, but an original, no-one-else-has-this costume is a winner on all levels, and that's just what you can find at these shops. And the best part is you'll score your outfit on a budget — guaranteed. As proof, we asked Paige Ricks, a fashion blogger and photographer at STYLEpaige to head to Thrift Town in San Francisco to see what she could score for $25 or less. Excited to see what she found? Ready, set . . . let's do it.
Up for the task! The goal is to find a standout costume for $25 max. Two ideas in mind: Cher from Clueless or cowgirl.
Tip: Try to have a costume in mind before you go so you can look for key pieces, but stay open to changing course if you find one standout item to base your entire outfit around. In other words, consider the whole outing a puzzle.
Feeling a little overwhelmed searching through all the racks. Keeping eyes peeled for a plaid jacket or cut-off shorts, but hoping to find something "OMG"-worthy.
Tip: For best (non-Google) search results, go with a friend, tell one another what you're looking for, and split up to cover all your bases. She might find something that you looked over. And try to hit thrift stores in the morning to get the best selection.
The First Find
Finding an incredible shaggy jacket with a cropped fit squished between a black windbreaker (boring!) and jean vest = major score. It simultaneously screams "take me" and "1970s," and is the perfect start to a retro costume. Price: $10.
Tip: When searching for a unique item, scan for bright colors, funky textures, or head straight to the vintage section.
If there's one thing Jurassic Park taught us, it's that when the amusement park you helicoptered to descends into prehistoric chaos, turn to the paleobotanist in the group to get you out alive. Played by Lauren Dern in the 1993 Steven Spielberg thriller, Dr. Ellie Sattler is the film's fearless scientist heroine who uses brains and a quick wit to keep the gang alive. While we've located where you can get the look of Dr. Sattler online, most of these pieces could be found with some effortless digging at a local thrift shop. Get to it, and help save Halloween from those vicious raptors!
- Pleated Khaki Shorts ($54) — The shorts are essential for playing this '90s scientist in the Costa Rican (by way of Hawaii) jungle. And no ordinary khaki crop will do, make sure the telltale mark of the decade is present: a pleated front.
- Coral Oxford Shirt ($30) — A mutant amusement park is no place to let your professionalism fall by the wayside. A coral shirt with chest pocket tied at the waist channels our scientist pro perfectly.
- Blue Tank ($10) — Bonus points if you go as post-dinosaur attack Ellie and add some well-placed blood to the top.
- Hiking Boots ($150) — Only a classic Timberland boot can handle awestruck dinosaur exploration to be followed by dinosaur fighting.
- Hiking Socks ($45) — Go for the full look with a careful scrunch of the top of the socks over the boots.